Damien ‘Flem’ Fleming is a former Australian cricketer who played for the national team on over 100 occasions (20 Tests and 88 ODIs) from 1994 to 2001.
He was a member of the all-conquering Australian teams led by Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting and his Test career began in spectacular style with a hat trick on debut in Rawalpindi, Pakistan – if you’ve heard Flem speak publicly, he’s no doubt mentioned it!
When his body held up to the demands of international cricket Flem’s looping outswing, delivered from a smooth, high action perfectly complemented the pacier Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie. He was more incisive after cutting his run-up as a result of on-going injury, and would have had another hat trick at Adelaide in 1999-2000 if Shane Warne had not dropped a straightforward slip catch. Injuries finally took their toll and in 2003 he retired to take up a coaching role at the Cricket Academy in Adelaide.
However with his unfailingly good humour combined with an insightful and analytical brain, Flem was always going to make his post cricket career mark in the media and what better way to utilise those traits than as a member of the Ten Network’s highly popular Big Bash League broadcast team.
Flem is also a key part of 3AW’s international cricket coverage and a regular panellist on RSN radio’s popular ‘Breakfast Club’. And to prove there are no boundaries to Flem’s ability he became a best-selling author after releasing his first book ‘Bowlology’ in 2013 which is an entertaining collection of stories from his life in cricket.
On-going and Previous Roles
Commentary and Reporting
Fairfax Cricket Radio
Big Bash – Ten Network
Foxsports and ABC Grandstand commentator
Board Member – Melbourne Stars
Coach – Centre of Excellence